An OAP has been left with life changing injuries after she was mauled in a ferocious attack by a Japanese Akita.
The woman, in her early 70s, was savaged by the family pet at her home in Wolverhampton, West Midlands.
She was left with catastrophic injuries including partial amputations, it is understood.
A friend said: “She was in a bad way. There was blood everywhere.
“It was touch and go whether she would survive.
“It’s just an absolute tragedy.”
Police arrested a man, 40, on suspicion of being in charge of a dog “dangerously out of control”.
Emergency services raced to the three-bed semi shortly before 2pm on Thursday.
The woman was rushed to hospital by ambulance as police destroyed the animal at the scene.
The friend claimed the same dog had previously attacked a resident on the street.
They added: “The dog lives with her and her son. You often saw it being walked down the street.
“I believe there had been issues in the past and the police had been involved.”
The dog – which is not a banned breed – was “humanely” destroyed, West Midlands Police said.
A force spokesman said: “A man has been arrested after a woman suffered serious dog bites in Grosvenor Road, Wolverhampton shortly before 2pm yesterday (30 September).